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A crumbling kingdom; delicate times for Barca and Xavi

Barcelona have another low to deal with after being easily beaten by arch rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday. There are already questions over the quality of the current Real Madrid side, mostly rating it lower than what is expected. However, the fact that it could easily dismantle Barcelona in a game of importance as this, doesn’t paint Barcelona in a great picture. Barcelona are battling from many fronts. The Spanish giants aren’t past their financial woes, while heavy investment has been put in renovating the Nou Camp. A horde of underperforming players and Xavi Hernandez’s future constantly on the headlines are a number of disruptions Barca would have done without. The fact that they are nine points behind the league leaders in La Liga further complicates their situation. While a top four place should be a guarantee, betting tips on Sportytrader have shown that this season Barcelona will have to fight out bitterly for it and you can find full coverage football predictions here. The rise of Catalan rivals, Girona this season, and the ever existing threat of Real Sociedad and Real Betis means the battle for Champions League slots is no longer straightforward.

Buy time

Xavi managed to lead the club to the Liga title last season, but as things have turned out, that was only going to buy him time among the club faithful. There are louder talks at the moment on whether he remains the right guy to lead the clubs out of the current rut. One of the club’s top brass, former player Deco Souza came to Xavi’s defence after the defeat to Real Madrid, assuring that the club legend has total support from the hierarchy. However, such support can only be backed by good performance on the pitch. For starters, Xavi’s tactics have been questionable for a while now, and the more the digging is done on such, the more it looks bleak for the man who enjoyed one of the best eras as a Barcelona player. There is no question about Barcelona’s adoration of Xavi, but without results, the same fans who sang his name will be out there calling for his sacking. That is just the reality of football.

Players’ commitment

While there has been a growing concern over the commitment of the current crop of players at the team, fans are wary of trying to hold so long on Xavi. Barcelona have been there before as they tried to make sense of the Ronald Koeman era. That didn’t end well, and very few will want to see a repeat. Meanwhile, higher above Xavi, it is no longer a calm house, as years of poor financial decisions have come back to bite at one of Spain’s most successful teams. Earlier in the season, Financial Fair Play rules came so hard on Barcelona and due to the same, there is even consideration for Barcelona to sell key players in January. For a dropping Barcelona, there will be time to reflect on everything before their next league game, a tough away match at Real Betis and Xavi will be hoping for calmer times ahead.

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